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Top Tips To Reduce The Chances Of Breaking Down This Winter

With bigger things happening in the world right now (we won’t mention the ‘C’ word), it’s easy to forget about your vehicle. Whether you’re not using it quite so often, or have to use it to do your essential shops, you’ll need to make sure that it is in peak condition before you set off for any journey. 

Cars are generally more prone to breaking down in the winter so our top tips will help you to reduce the chances of that happening, and how our car garage in Durrington is here to help! 


It may seem obvious, but check you have plenty of fuel in your tank before you’re too far into your journey to fill up. If you haven’t driven your vehicle in a while, then you might not remember how much fuel was left after your last use. You would be surprised how many people run out of fuel, and with close to freezing temperatures, you really don’t want to get stranded! 

Regularly service your car

Ensuring that your car is regularly serviced will decrease the chances of your car breaking down in the winter. It’s best to double-check your car’s service book so that you can stay on top of your vehicle’s requirements, or make sure that you get it serviced when you put your car in for it’s MOT

Book your vehicle in for a winter service at our car garage in Durrington, perfect for when you’re driving often in the colder months! Phone 01980 65-55-55 to book your car in! 

Keep your windscreen and windows clean

Wet roads, dirt and the low winter sun can hinder your visibility, so you must keep your windscreen clean inside and out. We recommend you use high-quality screenwash and ensure the levels are topped up regularly. 

Windscreen damage is also more common in winter, so ensure you get any cracks or chips repaired as soon as possible, to avoid further damage.

Keep an eye on your tyres

During the colder months, specifically when the roads turn icy, the general conditions of the road surfaces can start to decline and with that, so can your tyres. Make sure that you regularly check and top up the air in your tyres and ensure that the treads aren’t worn down past the limit (1.6mm). If you are going to be driving a lot, you may want to think about getting new winter tyres fitted, to help you drive a little safer.

Did you know that we are the largest car dealer in the local area? There’s no one better to trust than our car garage in Durrington. To get started, please use our online tyre finder tool to view the price and book your appointment. 

Test your car’s battery

The top cause for your car to break down during winter is usually a problem with the car battery. Most car batteries are designed to last around five years, however; sometimes they may need to be replaced sooner due to them being faulty or having run down faster than usual, especially when you haven’t driven your car for a while.

Don’t leave it till the last minute, if you’re not sure about your car battery, it’s best to get it checked to avoid a potential problem! Phone our car garage in Durrington on 01980 65-55-55 for expert advice or to book your car in. 

Check your lights

As you know, you will be using your headlights a lot more during the darker winter days so it’s a good idea to check that your lights, rear reflectors and indicators are all working correctly. Make sure that you replace any broken bulbs as soon as possible to maintain road safety for yourself and other road users.

Contact our car garage in Durrington to book your car in now!

Being a 110 year old family business, we are all extremely passionate about whatever vehicle you drive and care about your safety on the roads. By leaving your vehicle with the team at Rangers Garage, you can rest assured that our team will look after all your motoring needs.

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Call us now on 01980 65 55 55 to book your vehicle in or ask us a question.

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